Last Man Standing's Final Season: Meet Mandy's Daughter! Plus, New Intel on 3-Year Time Jump — 2021 FIRST LOOK

Fox's Last Man Standing kicks off its ninth and final season with a three year time jump - and the introduction of an adorable new family member.
TVLine has her exclusive first look at the January 3rd premiere, which features Mandy and Kyle's daughter Sarah (played by newcomer Sophia McKinlay). Her arrival comes in the middle of the episode after the long-running comedy acknowledges the coronavirus, and then jumps into 2023 after the global crisis is resolved.
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"People are depressed enough without us having to look for depression," executive producer Kevin Abbott told TVLine about the decision to bypass COVID-19. “[The jump in time] allowed us to tell stories from a positive perspective while also examining the impact [the pandemic] had on our characters. They all change in some way. "
This includes Mike and Vanessa's middle daughter, Mandy (played by Molly McCook), who is still getting used to her role as Sarah's mother.
"Mandy was a career woman committed to her business [and we find that] her clothing line actually did quite well during the pandemic," says Abbott. “But she discovers that being with her baby is most important to her, and she retires to become a home mother.
"She has to deal with how she feels when she identifies as someone's mother instead of identifying as me," explains Abbott. "She will still be Mandy, but time will have changed her. Motherhood will have changed her."
As for the new dad, Kyle, "He's making progress toward pastor," confirms the EP. In the midst of many crises in 2020, Mike's son-in-law “saw how important belief is to many people. He's stronger now and a lot deeper [in his new career] and we have a few stories about it. "
Last Man Standing Season 9 premieres on a special evening, Sunday January 3 at 9:30 am / 8:30 am, before it becomes its regular on Thursdays starting January 7 (with the big handyman) at 9:30 pm Time window changes crossover). In the meantime, scroll down to see more photos of Sarah with mom and grandpa Mike, then hit the comments with your reactions.
Last Man Standing Season 9
Last Man Standing Season 9
Last Man Standing Season 9
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